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Bounce adds new fabric care product to the mix

BY Ryan Chavis

CINCINNATI — Bounce, a brand from Procter & Gamble, announced the launch of its first-ever, in-wash fabric care product, Bounce Bursts. The product comes in a bead form that gives consumers control over the amount of scent they would like to add to their wash.

The product’s Outdoor Fresh scent also adds to the experience for the consumer, helping to improvemood and energy throughout the day thanks in part to time-release "freshness capsules," the company said. 

“Bounce understands that there are moments when we’re unable to enjoy the scent of the great outdoors and has designed Bounce Bursts to give fabrics that extra boost of Outdoor Fresh scent throughout the day,” said Vedran Miletic, associate marketing director, Procter & Gamble. “For many, the scent of Bounce has been a recognizable staple in their laundry room for generations, and they’ve enjoyed the Bounce Outdoor Fresh scent from the dryer. Now, we’re giving them more of what they love with an in-wash scent booster that gives your clothes freshens which will stay with them throughout the day.”

Bounce Bursts are now available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $6.99. 

 

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GPhA pushes for greater access to generics at TPP meeting

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association lobbied for greater access to generics at this week’s meeting of the chief negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the association announced Wednesday.

"GPhA supports trade agreements that protect timely and cost-effective patient access to beneficial generic drugs and biosimilars, and that also respect the rights of innovators," stated Ralph Neas, GPhA president and CEO. "Importantly, trade agreements should not constrain job growth in the U.S. by blocking or delaying exports of generic drugs to foreign markets. Any final agreement should support the U.S.-based generic industry and open foreign markets for generic products." 

GPhA strongly objects to any provisions that could threaten competition including patent linkage and exclusivity periods for reference products that unnecessarily delay access to lower-cost generic medicines, Neas added.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is part of a trade agreement that seeks to manage trade, promote growth and regionally integrate the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

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Safeway, Target and Walgreens among retailers to form Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association, along with several of America's most recognized retail brands, on Wednesday launched the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center. 

The R-CISC is an independent organization, the centerpiece of which is a Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Among those companies participating with and supportive of the R-CISC are American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, J. C. Penney, Lowe's Companies, Nike, Safeway, Target, VF Corp. and Walgreens.  

“We are highly focused on protecting our customers and maintaining their trust. That’s why we have joined the R-CISC and are committed to sharing best practices and information with our peers and other stakeholders in order to strengthen our collective defenses against potential threats,” stated Greg Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens and vice chairman of RILA.

Through the R-CISC, retailers are sharing cyber threat information among themselves and, via analysts, with public and private stakeholders, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The R-CISC will also provide advanced training and education and research resources for retailers.

“Retailers place extremely high priority on finding solutions to combat cyber attacks and protect customers," stated Sandy Kennedy, president RILA. "In the face of persistent cyber criminals with increasingly sophisticated methods of attack, the R-CISC is a comprehensive resource for retailers to receive and share threat information, advance leading practices and develop research relevant to fighting cyber crimes.” 

In order to create a structure tailored to the needs of the retail industry, the R-CISC was developed with input from more than 50 of America’s largest retailers, and in consultation with key stakeholders including federal law enforcement, government agencies and subject matter experts.

“We have seen a sharp increase in the number of malicious actors attempting to access personal information or compromise the systems we all rely on, in the retail industry and elsewhere,” commented Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate. “We continue to work with the private sector to create shared situational awareness of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center will further enhance DHS’s collaboration with this important sector of the American economy with information and resources that can help companies keep their networks and the information stored on them safe and secure.”

RILA established partnerships with many federal agencies through the formation of the R-CISC and has support from U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service.

 

 

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